Copa America 2021 – Brazil vs Chile LIVE: Defending champions Brazil and Chile will have their star players back in action when they meet in the Copa America quarter finals on Friday.
Neymar will return for Brazil and Alexis Sanchez has recovered from a calf muscle injury ahead of the encounter at the Nilton Santos Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Follow the match LIVE on InsideSport.co at 5.30 AM on 3rd January & Watch BRA vs CHI Live Streaming on SonyLIV.
The Selecao spared a group of regular starters in the 1-1 draw with Ecuador on Sunday, resting Neymar, defender Thiago Silva and striker Gabriel Jesus. Others, including Casemiro, entered as substitutes in that game.Brazil, with three wins in four Copa America matches, are clear favourites to win.
Chile’s only win in the group stage was against Bolivia. The last memorable match between Brazil and Chile was in the round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup. Regular time ended 1-1, with goals by David Luiz and Sanchez. The Chileans almost beat the hosts in extra-time but Brazil won on penalties, 3-2.
The Selecao looked particularly formidable in their first two games, as goals from Marquinhos, Neymar and Gabriel Barbosa fired them to a 3-0 win over Venezuela, before they thrashed Peru 4-0 in the following match.
In that game, Alex Sandro opened the scoring in the first half and Neymar would double their lead in the 68th minute before late goals from Everton Ribeiro and Richarlison sealed a dominant win for Tite’s men.
They then kept their perfect start going against Colombia, in a much tighter affair, as the defending champions trailed for the majority of the encounter following Luis Diaz’s stunning opener.
It took until the 78th minute for Brazil to equalise through Roberto Firmino, and all three points would be sealed when Casemiro headed in a corner in the 10th minute of added time.
However, they were held to a disappointing result last time out, as an Angel Mena equaliser after Eder Militao’s opener saw Ecuador come away with a 1-1 draw in the final group game, not allowing the Selecao to continue building momentum going into the quarter-finals.